• Christie 's
    Innovators

    Art on the block: Christie’s big bet on blockchain

    Financial innovation unlocks gig economy for artists

    Last month in New York City, legendary auction house, Christie’s, set a world record by fetching $323.1 million for the Ebswoth Collection of works by American Modernists masters Edward Hopper, Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollack, Georgia O’Keeffe, Alexander Calder, Joseph Stella, Charles Demuth, Charles Sheeler, and others. Not only did the auction shatter records for the highest prices ever secured for a collection as well as for 13 individual artists, but it also was the first art sale of this magnitude recorded on the blockchain. Partnering with Artory, a blockchain-based registry that tracks provenance for art and collectibles, Christie’s is leading the way in bringing mass adoption of the blockchain…

  • Boost VC’s Adam Draper
    Cryptocurrencies,  Innovators

    As wildfires rage on, Adam Draper shares visions of decentralized world

    Dapps will topple Facebook and Apple; geo arbitrage will free the markets

    It was a dark and smoky night this past Tuesday in San Francisco. The fires of Northern California had blanketed the tech mecca with some of the worst air quality in the world. The streets were empty and the town had a surreal cyberpunk post-apocalyptic feel, but that didn’t stop Boost VC’s Adam Draper from partaking in an epic “AMA” (“ask me anything”) with the Crypto Underground. Down a dimly lit alley, in the basement of a coworking space, dozens of blockchain founders gathered to hear insights from one of Bitcoin’s biggest proponents. Draper, who was an early investor in Coinbase, talked about how its co-founder Brian Armstrong introduced him…

  • Bitcoin crash
    Bitcoin,  Innovators

    With Bitcoin’s latest bloodbath, tech entrepreneurs see buying opportunity

    ‘We’ve already chosen a winner’

    Wednesday morning’s dive in Bitcoin was brutal for even the digital asset’s most loyal HODLers. During the 11 o’clock hour (Eastern Time), Bitcoin plunged from $6,063.69 to $5,650.01 over the course of just 30 minutes. It then continued to fall in anticipation of the Bitcoin Cash hard fork scheduled for Thursday. The cryptocurrency hadn’t moved most of the year and crypto pioneers like Crystal Rose Pierce were starting to share excitement for Bitcoin’s stability. On Monday in San Francisco, following the EOS Global Hackathon, she told an audience of developers at their CryptoMondays meetup, “If we wrap up this year and Bitcoin hasn’t changed, or is marginally changing, that means…